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International Nurses Day - May 12 2017

International Nurses Day is celebrated on May 12th of every year. As everybody knows it is the birthday of Florence Nightingale. 2017 theme for World Nurses Day is "Nursing : A Voice to lead - Achieving Sustainable Development Goals".

International Nurses Day - May 12th 2017



Who was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale was born in Florence, Italy on May 12, 1820. She had undergone nursing training in 1850 and '51 at the Institution of Protestant Deaconesses in Kaiserswerth, Germany.

Later she took a nursing job in a Harley Street hospital for ailing governesses. Her performance there so impressed her employer that Nightingale was promoted to superintendent.

In late 1854 she got a request from British Army, to organize a corps of nurses to tend to the sick and fallen soldiers in the Crimea.She quickly assembled a team of almost three dozen nurses from a variety of religious orders and sailed with them to the Crimea.They arrived at they arrived at Scutari, the British base hospital in Constantinople.

Initially introduction of nurses at an army base was greeted with hosility. But with her quick action plan to improve the deplorable conditions of the wounded, dramatically reduced the mortality rates among soldiers from 40% to 2%.

Nightingale herself spent every waking minute caring for the soldiers. In the evenings she moved through the dark hallways carrying a lamp while making her rounds, ministering to patient after patient. The soldiers, who were both moved and comforted by her endless supply of compassion, took to calling her "the Lady with the Lamp." Others simply called her "the Angel of the Crimea."

She returned to England as a national heroine. She founded the Nightingale School and Home for Nurses at St. Thomas's Hospital, London in 1860. Next year she established Training school for Midwives in King's College Hospital.

Florence Nightingale worked tirelessly until her death at age of 90. She had published over 200 reports and pamphlets on wide range of issues.

History of International Nurses Day 

International Council of Nurses - ICN is celebrating nurses day from 1965. Every year on behalf of nurses week celebrations ICN distributes International Nurses Day Kit which contains educational and public information materials for use by nureses every where.

ICN Themes from 1988 to present (2017)

1988 – Safe Motherhood
1989 – School Health
1990 – Nurses and Environment
1991 – Mental Health – Nurses in Action
1992 – Healthy Aging
1993 – Quality, costs and Nursing
1994 – Healthy Families for Healthy Nation
1995 – Women's Health: Nurses Pave the Way
1996 – Better Health through Nursing Research
1997 – Healthy Young People = A Brighter Future
1998 – Partnership for Community Health
1999 – Celebrating Nursing's Past, claiming the future
2000 – Nurses – Always there for you
2001 – Nurses, Always There for You: United Against Violence
2002 – Nurses Always There for You: Caring for Families
2003 – Nurses: Fighting AIDS stigma, working for all
2004 – Nurses: Working with the Poor; Against Poverty
2005 – Nurses for Patients' Safety: Targeting counterfeit medicines and substandard medication
2006 – Safe staffing saves lives
2007 – Positive practice environments: Quality workplaces = quality patient care
2008 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Primary Health Care and social care
2009 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Care Innovations
2010 – Delivering Quality, Serving Communities: Nurses Leading Chronic Care
2011 – Closing The Gap: Increasing Access and Equity
2012 – Closing The Gap: From Evidence to Action
2013 – Closing The Gap: Millennium Development Goals
2014 – Nurses: A Force for Change – A vital resource for health
2015 – Nurses: A Force for Change: Care Effective, Cost Effective
2016 – Nurses: A Force for Change: Improving Health Systems' Resilience
2017 - Nursing: A voice to lead - Achieving the Sustainable development goals

Relevance of 2017 theme

In order to understand 2017 theme , you need to know what Sustainable Development Goals - SDG's are,

 - No Poverty

 - Zero hunger, improved Nutrition

 - Good Health and Well Being

 - Quality Education

 - Gender Equality

 - Clean Water and Sanitation

 - Affordable and Clean Energy

 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

 - Industry Innovation and infrastructur

 - Reduced inequalities

 - Sustainable cities and communities

 - Responsible consumption and production

 - Climate Action

 - Life below Water

 - Life on the land

 - Peace, Justice and strong institutions

 - Partnership for Goals




These are the 17 SDG's of United Nations which world leaders has agreed to achieve by 2030.

ICN through their publication (can be downloaded free here) helps nurses about how to be the voice to lead as an Individual, Professional and as a member of a multidisciplinary team.

The following is a video made by ICN on occasion of International Nurses Day 2017.



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